By Bryn Baertlein
What an interesting time in our lives, eh? What unusual, ever-changing events are taking place in our society that foster so many questions in our minds and hearts. With the uncertainty of the health and safety of our world today, it is hard not to be overwhelmed by the inconsistency surrounding us and overtaking our days. As everything seems to be changing on the outside, our hearts must be longing for something that remains consistent and faithful… That something does exist, and he is our #1 someone: our one true God.
Most of the tunes I write about are recommendations from people in my life that intertwine with my current prayer, and this month’s song has been burning in my heart for a while now. After showing me a few of Maverick City Music’s songs, my friends seemed pumped about this band and the prayer that came along with each one of their tunes. I finally began really listening to their music after hearing them recommended also by three beautiful women on the Abiding Together podcast (by the way, I HIGHLY recommend you give that podcast a listen!!).
This month’s song is called “Promises”, a theme that has been popping up quite frequently in my life lately through my day-to-day life in big and small ways. Maverick City Music sings about the faithfulness of our Lord to us, how he is constantly revealing and proving his promises to us:
God of Abraham
You’re the God of covenant and of faithful promises
Time and time again You have proven
You’ll do just what You said
God from age to age,
Though the earth may pass away, Your word remains the same
Your history can prove there’s nothing You can’t do,
You’re faithful and True
Great is Your faithfulness to me
One promise God shared with all his people comes from the Gospel of Matthew as Jesus states, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; and the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
The disciples utilized this promise of Christ’s in each of their stories (found in Acts of the Apostles), but the faith they had in the Lord wasn’t the end of it. We’ve heard of miracles from the lives of the saints. We’ve heard of them putting their full trust in the Lord and his promises, even through the darkest of times: like when St. Teresa of Calcutta prayed for a ceasefire to rescue orphans in the war and it actually happened; like when St. Peter walked on water when Jesus said he could; like St. Paul being rescued from the chains of prison after being promised he would be free… Isn’t their witness of God’s promises coming to fruition enough for us to also believe?
Lately, I have been overwhelmed by the Lord’s faithfulness in the life of my husband and me as we go through many transitions that make our life seem inconsistent. He has proven his promises to us time and time again amidst our transitions, from the little moments such as last-minute financial saves to the big ones like landing me my dream teaching job in our new hometown. I can’t even count the number of things I simply asked the Lord for throughout the past few weeks that he faithfully answered and provided to us. I am reminded in each of these acts of fidelity that our God is the only consistent one who always comes through.
During these times, I find myself referring back to reminders of his promises in the clear words he gave us thousands of years ago. Here are just a few of the spoken promises of our God recited in Scripture:
“Be brave and steadfast… I myself will be with you.”
“Come to me, all you that are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.”
“Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it… I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
~John 14:14, 18
(and one of my all-time favorites):
“For I will take you away from among the nations, gather you from all the foreign lands, and bring you back to your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts. I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes, careful to observe my decrees. You shall live in the land I gave your fathers; you shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
Perhaps the most iconic promise God made to his people was through the story of Noah found in Genesis:
“‘Seven days from now I will bring rain down on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe out from the surface of the earth every moving creature that I have made…there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth’. God added: ‘This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.’”
~Genesis 7:4, 9:11-12
I say it may be the most iconic because of the special, unique reminder of his covenant to us. Here, he not only promises by his word that he will never wipe away humanity through a flood again, but God gives us an additional visual sign attached to that promise: gorgeous, unforgettable rainbows for all ages to come.
Our God is a faithful God, and every promise he makes to us always comes to fruition (especially in ways we can’t imagine). Let us all cling to the beautiful hope in the fidelity of our Lord, for “great is [his] faithfulness to me.”
~Maverick City Music was created in 2018 after years of writing camps that accommodated over 100 artists and writers. These camps gave participants the chance to come together with their unique talents of voice, instrument, and of course powerful lyrics. One thing to notice about this band is their ability to stay away from huge crowds and flashy lights, creating a worship space that is familiar and beautiful. They embrace spontaneity through each song they create and welcome in many guests from other famous Christian bands such as Housefires and Bethel Music. Yes, their tunes are typically pretty long but they are worth the listen and create a space for long-lasting prayer! Other songs to check out from Maverick City Music include “Communion,” “Refiner,” and “Most Beautiful / So in Love.”